Tailings Spill Exposed at Mexican Mine
Failed cover-up reveals shortcomings of industry self-regulation The Mexican government has ordered mining company Exportaciones de Minerales de Topia (EMISTA) to close a zinc and lead mine in the municipality of Canelas, Durango after the company spilled close to 6,000… More »
Donde esperar no es una opción
En Sonora, México, una comunidad lucha para evitar volverse en el próximo desastre de la minería. (Read in English) “Si hay un derrame, desaparecemos.” Escuché diferentes versiones de este aviso varias veces durante mi visita reciente al pueblo de Bacanuchi. … More »
An Important Win for Fishing Communities and Marine Life in Baja California Sur, Mexico
The Ulloa Gulf off the coast of Baja California Sur is an ecological treasure: fisherfolk harvest more than 8,000 tons of seafood from the bay each year, including clams, squid, shrimp, snail, dogfish, crab, lobster, and oysters; and it’s home… More »
On methane, Mexico moves forward as the U.S. moves backward
Priscilla Villa co-authored this blog with Lauren Pagel On July 30th, Mexico released their new proposed safeguards to reduce oil and gas air pollution — specifically methane and associated toxic volatile organic compounds. These new standards are stronger than anything… More »
Victory: Mexico Seabed Mining Project Scrapped
Coastal communities living in Baja California Sur, Mexico, achieved a huge victory recently in blocking an offshore mining project -- one of several proposed projects to dredge up minerals from the sea.
UNEP must act to avoid mine waste disasters
One year ago in August, a mine waste dam failed. The breach sent 24.4 million cubic meters of a liquefied mixture of toxic heavy metals and other chemicals into the Fraser River watershed in British Columbia, Canada. To help prevent further toxic catastrophes, over 3 dozen environmental and social justice groups including Earthworks, Friends of the Earth, and Greenpeace sent a letter today to the United Nations Environment Programme urging the agency to call for global review and regulations to address threats posed by similar dams at existing and proposed mines around the world. As the global authority on environmental protection, UNEP can not only bring much-needed attention to this problem, but also develop international guidelines and assist countries to respond to this growing threat.